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Questions tagged [windows-vista]

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USB key with trash and invisible files into it : how?

I have an USB key, FAT formatted, used on a Windows configuration, and as far as I know, a Windows Vista one (this is not my own key). On this key, I have 9 photos. I discovered that the trash ...
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How to switch from IDE to AHCI after installing Windows Vista [duplicate]

Background Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) is a technical standard defined by Intel that specifies the operation of Serial ATA (SATA) disk controllers. When it is supported by your ...
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Windows Vista - Cannot connect to Wireless Network

I am using a Windows Vista laptop. I cannot connect to the internet on it, no matter how hard I try. On 'Connect to a Network', the only option is 'Broadband Connection PPPoE Connection'. On 'Set up ...
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Get Windows Vista ISO from Product Key [duplicate]

I have recently found a Packard Bell PC with an OEM key for Windows Vista Home Premium. Is there a way to get the installation files legally by using the key? (aka the ISO)
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Why is my computer windows Vista is running very slow despite CPU/RAM usage at not 100%?

My HP Pavilion DV3 laptop is running very slow. OS is windows Vista. I initially thought it could be due to low RAM (it has 4GB), and bought new RAM 8 GB that I have yet to put in. But when I see the ...
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How do I make an Ubuntu install USB stick in windows?

I am trying to install Ubuntu 16.04.4 on a blank machine. I want to use a USB stick.How can I do this in Windows??
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How may I forcibly remove a locked laptop from a non-existant domain?

I have a sony vaio running Windows Vista Ultimate that was added to my former business domain many years ago and which has not been used since my business was shut down 3 or 4 years ago. The logon ...
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Windows does not upgrade from Vista to 7

I am trying to upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows Vista. When the windows 7 installer prompts me to restart, it boots into Vista like nothing happened. I am currently using a Hewlett-Packard HP ...
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Sharing internet connection from laptop to WiFi router

So I have two WiFi routers which I currently don't use but would like to use them to share internet connection from my laptop (Vista) to my wifi router to create a wireless signal for devices in my ...
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Vista: How to prevent an extended partition from converting to EISA?

So I tried to create an extended partition with two logical drives on an Acer Vista laptop which has two EISA recovery partitions. After reboot I see the extended partition has been replaced with a ...
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Skype: Mic recognized but still not working

My microphone suddenly stopped working on Skype. I was using Skype for months, almost daily. All of a sudden the microphone seems to be muted: My conversation partners on the other side don't hear ...
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When did/will Microsoft End Security Updates for Vista

Does anybody know when will Microsoft End Security Updates for Vista (or have they done so already) Thanks
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Windows Vista on new Tablet

I want to test install Vista on a Lenovo Thinkpad 10. It only supports UEFI. If I try to boot the UEFI Version it just gives me a black screen with a grey bar on top (misaligned Lpading bar?!) . If I ...
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BIOS Update from Vista only?

I found this old HP Pavilion Media Center m8100 PC and want to do a BIOS update. I found the official BIOS update from HP on their website here. The motherboard I'm using is IPIBL-LA. I might do the ...
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Restored Windows Vista Recovery Partition Image not booting - clonezilla

I've followed the first two of these guides from clonezilla.org, but: applied to a Windows Vista Recovery partition; partition-to-image rather than disk-to-image. I wiped out the entire disk after ...
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Can't Resize Windows Vista Partition

I have been trying to install kali linux to my laptop and dual boot it with Windows. Every time I try to shrink the C drive in computer management it says I can only shrink it by 715mb. I tried ...
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Will port forwarding on a guest network make it safer?

This is my first time port forwarding. I've looked up quite a bit about it and I know how to do it. However, the device I'm port forwarding is a old vista machine that's going to be hosting a game ...
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Geek squad says my hard drive is failing?

I have an older laptop, dell duo core 2.1ghz, 6gb ram, 500gb hd. It is running vista. Was working fine although maybe a tad slower than when new when all of a sudden some things stopped working, seems ...
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How to take a screenshot with Aero effects?

I don't want to make a normal screenshot. I want to make a screenshot that includes Aero glass, drop shadows, etc. in "transparent" mode. I tried some tools like Windows Clippings, but the Aero glass ...
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Missing sound driver & unable to install Service Pack 2 in Windows Vista

I installed Windows Vista Home Basic SP1 (Dell) on my Dell OptiPlex GX270 (on a separate partition) hoping to free up some RAM on my PC. The installation was actually successful. The only things ...
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How to migrate a programme or game onto a new computer if installation disk is cracked

To begin with; I appreciate there will likely be a different answer for each piece of software, so I'll go specific: I would like to transfer Rome Total War onto a new computer. Unfortunately since ...
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How to run a program using another version of Kernel32.dll?

I want to run a modern program (Opera latest) on Windows Vista. However since it requires Windows 7 at minimum it's attempting to use procedures in Kernel32.dll that don't exist in the Vista version ...
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Need partitioning advice for dual boot Linux Mint with Vista

I'm trying to install Linux Mint 18 off DVD on my pc, which already has Vista installed. It has one small HDD, which is the C drive in Vista, and another larger HDD which shows up in Vista as drive G. ...
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Game Explorer is unable to update pre-Vista games info [closed]

I've made a clean install months ago. When I've finished installing the games, the pre-Vista games are no longer updated. DEFINITIONS: Pre-Vista Game: A game that was released before Windows Vista ...
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Games explorer group order is reversed

I've formatted my PC to do a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64. I was adding the Spanish language pack and then removing the English one. After removing the English LP, something weird ...
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can't view vids anymore on old vista OS laptop

Other than tossing it,( can't afford a new one now)anything else to do? Also. Firefox stopped letting me view any vids today. Chrome still ok,but not on twitter.
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How to enable usb port using Windows Vista?

I have 2 usb ports one on each side of my laptop. The one on the left is ENABLED but the one on the right side isn't,how do i enable it?
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How to access NAS files when disk moved to tower PC as second HD

Hopefully someone can help. My NAS Lacie Networkspace2 has (almost) died. I took the drive out of its casing and placed it as a second drive in a Dell XPS tower with Windows Vista (I know... but try ...
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DISM doesn't work for Windows Vista image

I was trying to add the Spanish language pack and remove the English LP to Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP2 iso file. Some info that will help you to answer: The OS installed on my PC is Windows 7 ...
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Converting analog audio to digital

I'm doing an amateur conversion, on the cheap, of some old cassette tapes to digital (bootlegs and other stuff that can't be found online...) As their quality is not great to begin with, would like to ...
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Set German keyboard layout for 16 Bit applications

When I run 16 Bit applications (such as QBASIC and edit.com) on Windows Vista or Windows 7, 16 Bit applications are using the keyboard layout of American keyboards. I want them to use the German ...
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Windows Vista 32 bit doesn't boot in Normal Mode. Only boots in Safe mode

I own a laptop that has Windows Vista 32 bit installed in it. I have been unable to switch it on in normal mode for a day now. When I try to switch it on in the said mode, Microsoft Corporation is ...
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Identify CPU usage by thread or service [duplicate]

How can I analyze the CPU usage that is associated with a Windows thread or service? Sometimes my dual processor CPU will show 49% CPU usage for task SVCHOST - for example, yesterday it used 49% for ...
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Windows Vista is booting with wrong drive letter

Windows Vista is booting with wrong drive letter. Instead of booting with drive letter C:, it is getting drive letter D: and thus fails to login to a user profile. This situation happened because I ...
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How do I disable registry backup in Vista?

There are no such tasks in Task Scheduler, but C:\windows\config\regback folder occupies 100 MB of space and if I delete it, then it appears again.
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Windows Media Player in Vista

I have audio files in mp3 form that are not in Media Player. How can I burn CD's in mastered format (to play in auxiliary CD player)s? It APPEARS ? that I must use Media Player to do that ? ...
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unlock files on usb hard drive from old computer

I have about 3,000 (20GB) worth of files backed up on a usb hard drive. My issue is they were locked in windows vista with a fingerprint login. That computer has died. I now have windows 10. How can I ...
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Is it safe to delete files in WinSxS with no hard-links under Vista? [duplicate]

The question is not a duplicate. It's specific for the case of Windows Vista where there's no OS-provided method for reducing the size of the WinSxS folder (as opposed to Windows 7 and later, where ...
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How to filter out folder items in Windows search under Vista? [duplicate]

I want to search for files in an entire directory tree, but I don't want to see folders in the results. I want to see only files. How can I exclude folders from showing up in the results under ...
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Visual Studio for Windows Vista

Is it possible to install Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 (or higher) on Windows Vista (x86)? I already installed Visual Studio 2010 Express, but I need a higher version to build android apps with it. ...
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Downgrading NTFS version

I've created NTFS partition under Windows 8.1. Disk is not recognized by Windows Vista now. How can I downgrade NFTS version to make it mountable under both win 8.1 and Vista?
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Copy speed 745Kb/sec :(

Slow copy speed. Changed settings in Device Manager USB properties. Puter wants to reboot to apply the changes. The download is running. Q: If I "safely remove" and reboot the puter, will the ...
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Stability of `start /wait` in batchfiles

This question is related to previous question The previous question was about the problem, this one about a possible solution. I'm working with a group of virtual machines, using "runProgramInGuest", ...
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Replace “CopyFileFromGuestToHost” and “runProgramInGuest” by xcopy and simple execution, what can I expect

My company is working with virtual machines. Those are managed, using a central host who connects to different virtual machines (using ESX virtual machines handling technology). One of those virtual ...
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How do I copy the Recovery Partition to a USB and make that a bootable drive, in order to reinstall the OS?

I have copied all the data in a hidden OS recovery partition from a hard drive. This partition was provided by the laptop manufacturer to restore the laptop to its original factory Vista installation. ...
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My Vista partition does not boot. How do I fix that?

I accidentally moved my Vista partition, after which it no longer booted. This is a multi-boot laptop, with Windows 7 and Windows XP. Both operating systems don't boot either. The vexing thing is ...
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Home vista retrieval of wireless network password

I want to upgrade to a new commputer but I have lost the password for WIFI. I have tried the network, status, wireless network, security option but the "show characters" option is grayed and only dots ...
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New operating system for a Dell Dimension XPS Gen 2

Neighbor was running Windows XP Home till last week, but when the computer became too sluggish, he backed up his data and formatted it. He tried installing Windows 7 Home 32 bit(he got a retail copy),...
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Reinstall Windows with CD-ROM not booting?

I was given an old Acer Aspire 5100 laptop with Windows Vista. It ran so slowly that I decided I would try running Chromium OS on it instead to "turn it into" a Chromebook. I tried installing ...
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How to open a COM port for Bluetooth on Vista?

I have tried a new Bluetooth adapter on a Vista laptop which upon install only is able to push files onto my mobile phone operating Bluetooth, but not able to pull files FROM the phone displaying ...